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Course Reserves

Our new course reserves tool -- called Drexel Libraries Course Reserves -- is now live!

Visit our Course Reserves Resource Guide to learn more about this new tool or contact with any questions.

(Last update: March 28, 2024)

The Drexel University Libraries’ Course Reserves Service allows instructors to set aside books, films or sound recordings for class use, or to make articles or book excerpts available electronically through Blackboard Learn. Reserve lists typically include required and recommended course readings. Reserves help to alleviate the effect of ever-increasing textbook costs on students, foster student and faculty engagement, and create opportunities for library outreach.

What can be put on reserve?

The Drexel University Libraries' Course Reserve Service is designed to connect students with their course materials as seamlessly as possible. Please note that course-required textbooks are not kept on reserve unless requested by an instructor.

  • Textbooks
  • Journal articles
  • DVDs
  • Streaming media

Placing & Accessing Materials on Reserve

Electronic course reserve readings will be accessible via Blackboard Learn. Physical items placed on reserve will be available at the W. W. Hagerty Library. To check to see if an item is on reserve, search for the title in DragonSearch, the Libraries' online discovery search tool. Visit the Instructions for Students webpage for more details on accessing reserve materials.

Instructors must submit all course reserve requests via Blackboard Learn. To ensure that course reserve materials are available to students by the first day of the term, we recommend submitting requests at least two weeks before the start of the term.

Visit the Reserves Guidelines for Faculty page for information and guidelines about physical and electronic course reserves, including deadlines for making requests, a list of materials that can be put on reserve, and copyright information. The Instructions for Faculty page includes step-by-step instructions on placing a reserves request and additional information on linking a course in Blackboard Learn to the reserves system.

Loan Periods

All Drexel University students, faculty and staff are eligible to borrow reserve materials. Clients must present a current DragonCard to borrow items on reserve.

  • Loan period: Three or 24 hours
  • Renewals: Request to renew materials in person at the Service Desk
  • Late fines: $1.00 per hour

Contact Us

For questions or for more information about course reserves, please email